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Harmony between self and the universe

The main goal of Liberated Way: harmony between self and the universe.

This Colchester parachutist has to act in harmony with nature otherwise they will crash to their death.

This Colchester parachutist has to act in harmony with nature otherwise they will crash to their death.

It is observable that this universe and everything within it has a nature which determines how it appears and behaves.  It is in the nature of energy to move, thus one observes everything in this universe is in motion.  It is in the nature of a river to provide water to drink, fish to eat, water to clean the self, a route of transport, but it is also in the nature of the river to drown that fool who throws themselves in the river with lead boots on.

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus advises that humanity follow the common, which I interpret as follow the nature of the universe.  When self comes into contact with a cobra or a blazing fire it is with respect for it is known that it is the nature of a cobra to bite and a fire to burn, it is the fool who ignores the nature of the cobra or fire who ends up injured or dead. The nature of a cobra to bite and a fire to burn is its common.

In cryptic riddles Heraclitus advises that the common of all things can be determined through observation and reason, one can deduce principles that fire burns, and thus follow good action to wear protective gloves to handle fire without being burnt.

If humanity is a product of this universe it is reasonable to conclude that humanity and this universe holds a nature in common, that is to say if the universe flows so humanity flows.  If it is the nature of energy to flow, then good action would be to adopt a life that also flows.  If all energy flows in this universe and humanity is made of this same energy then to restrict or stop energy flow through control is to be out of alignment with the nature of the universe, to be in conflict with the universe.  To conflict with the common of the universe is asking for trouble.

Only the fool would open their locked door to a loony axeman who wants to chop them up, so why is it that humanity is doing the equivalent by being in conflict with the common of the universe? The equivalent of the loony axeman is entropy, the breakdown and decay of matter into disorder.  Entropy is the metaphorical grim reaper of popular culture, the nature of the universe is to act against entropy in a renewal process, but those that go against the nature of the universe wipe out the renewal process and allows entropy to do its destructive work.

The goal of Liberated Way is to work out the nature of the universe, a set of principles and processes that an individual or group could use to be in harmony with the universe.  Like in my river example it is better to work with the river than against it, since the river can be either life-giving or death-dealing depending on if the self is in harmony or in conflict with the nature of the river.

The role of the steward in sustainability

Stewards delight the stakeholders.

Delighted bees produce lots of honey.

Delighted bees produce lots of honey.

In a business the customer and the employee are stakeholders.  These stakeholders derive a benefit from the business, participate in the business and have a say in the business.  The stakeholder operates out of self interest and participates in a small way in the business.

Above the stakeholder is the steward.  The steward is responsible for the whole business, they operate for the good of the business rather than out of self interest.  The steward is like a loving parent in that they will protect, feed and guide the business so that all the stakeholders benefit from a healthy happy and abundant business.

In the relationship between bees and the beekeeper it may be considered that the bees are the stakeholders and the beekeeper is the steward.  If a beehive has happy healthy bees the beehive will be abundant with honey.  The beekeeper as steward is focussed upon the needs of the bees so they remain healthy, happy and abundant.

The beekeeper has three roles as steward: protection, guide and feeder.  In protection the beekeeper protects the beehive from disease, weather, humans, vermin and poison.  As a guide the beekeeper may intervene in the activities of the beehive to assist the bees, for instance if there is problems in the egg laying of the queen bee.  As feeder the beekeeper provides access to resources of food and water for the bees.

The focus of the beekeeper as steward is on the well being of the bees in their care.  The steward as beekeeper will know their bees, see from their point of view, act in ways to delight rather than harm their bees.  The focus is bees first steward second.  Bran the Blessed amongst the Celtic peoples said: “let them who be chief be a bridge to their people”. The steward is a bridge to their bees. The bees see the steward as friend rather than enemy, one of them.

One may say of a beehive that it is an energy system, for which the steward seeks to be healthy, happy and abundant; that the beehive has processes which the steward assists for the best possible benefit to the beehive; and the stakeholders the bees who participate in the processes which the steward seeks to delight.

Delight is a wonderful word.  Delighted bees make lots of honey.  Delighted readers follow blogs.  Delighted customers pay lots of money.  Gardens that delight birds, butterflies and bees become an animal paradise.  Delight is part of a creative process, and the steward delights in all they do.

Creativity is king

The ultimate purpose of life on earth is to create.

Creativity is king.

Creativity is king.

I watched a wildlife documentary about penguins yesterday on BBC iPlayer called “Penguins – Spy in the Huddle”, a clever infiltration of robotic penguins living up close amongst three species of real penguins around the world with cameras fitted.  My initial thought that this would be a dull documentary turned to curiosity and delight as I watched the journey the penguins took through danger and obstacle; their mating rituals; how the male-female and community cooperated to the moment their young came into the world.  There was the drama of a penguin lost behind; the slap fight between two females over a male; the amorous affections of a lonely male for a robotic penguin before his mate appeared and attacked the robot; the male forcing the female to let go of the egg for him to look after so the female could return to the sea to feed; the cooperation of the penguin community in fighting against the cold or seeing off predators.

Often I compare the natural world to humanity.  The only quality that separates humankind from other animals is imagination: ego is the ability to imagine self separate from the world and other objects; empathy is the ability to imagine the aliveness, feelings and uniqueness in external objects; tool making the ability to imagine connections between a problem and a solution; pro-activity the ability to imagine alternative possibilities to the instinctive reactive ones.  Eliminate imagination and humanity is no different from the rest of the animal and plant kingdom.

These penguins like all of life follow the three purposes of living: to live, to grow, to reproduce.  The first two purposes, live and grow, seems to focus upon the ultimate goal of reproduction; giving an impression that the only purpose of life in plants and animals is to reproduce. I exist only to create reproductions of me.  It was extraordinary the amount of effort, struggle, self-sacrifice and burning need to fight to get to their nesting grounds, find a mate, procreate, nest, defend and nurture their young has been thrown in by these penguins.  It reaches to the extent that salmon self destruct after spawning, and male spiders feed themselves to females just so the young will have energy to sustain them to live, grow then repeat the process again.

Reproduction is creativity, the process leading to procreation is the creative process.  Amongst plants and animals creativity is king.  There is nothing like a happy contented plant or animal that is successfully throwing out copies of itself into the world.  Humanity is no different to plants and animals where they ultimately are fixated on a similar outcome of producing children; however imagination adds additional creative needs for humanity.  Imagination is an extension of creativity, a sort of super-creative process.

Plants and animals focus on babies, but humanity goes beyond babies to poetry, music, architecture, invention and space ships.  There is a hidden agenda here I suspect, for a large aspect of organic life is by design rather than chance.  Why is it so important to life that humanity must have imagination when in fact its downside is turning into a nightmarish path of self-destruction and damage to the planet? As above so below is a principle of the universe, what happens in one part of the universe is likely happening elsewhere.  If a virus takes over cells to send out more of itself into the world, or dandelion seeds head out upon the winds to colonise other places, humanity is perhaps a seed being made ready to be sent out from planet Earth to take its DNA into the cosmos.

If one considers as some scientists do that the Earth is a living organism, then the DNA of Earth is locked into the organic life existing on the planet, operating exactly like a dandelion being made ready to colonise other planets, to send the DNA outwards.  It makes sense for entropy will kill every living thing, so to procreate is to cheat entropy of its prize, to allow life to go on.  One day Earth will die, so to send out DNA to other planets as plants and animals do on its surface allows the Earth a chance to continue to exist beyond its death.  The destructive aspect of imagination is offset by Earth for the possibilities of continued life beyond its ending.

The Earth won’t lose sleep if humanity fails to live up to expectations going extinct.  Left with only bacteria the Earth can over millions of years rebuild a new worthy species.  It seems to me pointless for organic life to exist only for the purposes of creating copies, the idea of another purpose appeals to me, one of a grander scale but a similar process to what exists, to go forth and multiply across the cosmos.  To Earth the code in the DNA is important, the form it takes is not; it won’t matter if Mars is colonised by human-looking forms, or by spiders, or by trees, the fact the DNA gets to Mars to colonise it then follow the live, grow and reproduce process is what matters.

Creativity is king.  As I read through the blogs on WordPress I encounter happy and unhappy people.  The happy people are living a creative process throwing out creative forms into the world, the unhappy people are those whose creativity has been restricted or silenced.  All the processes of life is focused on creativity, either to make babies, or poems or colonise Mars.  Creativity leads to health, happiness and abundance, the reward for following what the Earth and our DNA wants us to do.

The illusion of control

Nature presents alternatives to the human obsession of control.

Swans adapt to change rather than seek to control it.

Swans adapt to rather than control change.

Last night I am in bed floating on an increasingly stormy threatening ocean, afraid I would fall into the dark cold waters to my doom.  It was a dream, the bed my sense of security, the ocean the chaotic universe.  To my relief my dream bed grew larger and the ocean calmer.  We all need security, but the process of control to achieve this sense of security is wrong.

Energy systems

The universe is composed of layers of energy systems.  “Panta Rhei!” announced the philosopher Heraclitus as he observed that the natural state of the universe is to flow, move, change.  The energy in the energy systems naturally favours strife, renewal and creation.  The purpose of all life is to live, grow and create.  The design of all life is movement. Energy moves, be it as a form of money, water, food, heat, knowledge; in fact everything is in a state of becoming, motion and change.  Nothing is still.

The illusion of control

Then comes humanity with their illusions of control.  Humanity entertains the delusion that the universe is deterministic, that at any given moment humanity can know everything there is to know about an energy system; in reality all energy systems feed into each other, have hidden parts, have a state of complexity of anything more than three variables that makes it impossible for even the fastest of human computers to calculate the true state of a system at any one moment. Another human delusion is that energy systems are dead cold mechanical systems thus easy to determine and control; in reality all energy systems are chaotic, living and self organising; energy systems that are destroying, renewing and creating new forms of itself.  In such energy systems the smallest change of a variable causes a large overall outcome in a system.

The danger of abstraction

Control obsessed humanity abstracts complex energy systems down to simple self-confirming illusions of control.  What will reach the ground first, a sack of feathers or a sack of apples each a ton? In an abstraction only using gravity as a variable humanity proudly declares both will arrive at the same time; however they leave out friction and air currents which can have a large unpredictable impact on the outcome. If you are unable to determine outcomes in systems, you are unable to control the system.

The danger of determinism

The process humanity uses to control the energy flow in an energy system is by forcing it to be deterministic.  This process leads to obstructions, stagnation and interference with the strife, renewal and creative aspects of energy flow in a system.  Humanity even talks about controlling the weather to achieve favourable outcomes, not realising that any attempt to interfere with energy flow in the weather will cause the entire energy system to break down.  Often by control humanity slows or even stops the energy flow altogether.  All energy systems are healthy because of the flow of energy through them in a cycle of potential-kinetic-potential-kinetic-repeat. If this cycle of flow of energy is blocked the entire system turns entropic and breaks down.  It also wastes large sums of energy fighting against the flow of energy systems.

Control leads to sick energy systems

Practically all human processes are focussed on command and control, which leads to the flow of money, energy, food, water, information being paralysed or slowed.  All energy systems that relies on this sort of energy flow starts to break down according to the laws of thermodynamics.  Look at the effects of the vast control systems on the human information and money systems due to 9-11 and the credit crunch.  Look at the children where fear of child abuse, road traffic accidents, of health and safety has the outcome of childhood obesity, allergies, mental health issues and eye sight problems.  How liberty, creativity and wisdom has been devastated in children and the human society thanks to the obsession of control.  Where energy is flowing in an energy system it is healthy, when it is controlled to the point the energy is no longer naturally flowing, sickness is the result.

Nature has the answer

What is the answer? Look to nature.  Nothing in nature is controlling energy flow, instead it uses defence and attack strategies to capture energy.  All plants and animals establish territories that contain enough energy resources to satisfy their needs, they never try to mess with the energy flow, they tap into it.  The purpose of all life is to live, grow and create; all which requires energy.  All strategies in life are focussed on energy; all life aggressively and creatively captures energy, uses the energy efficiently and conserves energy.  Energy impacts life processes and purposes, ultimately determining who survives and prospers.

All plants and animals won’t control energy flow, they adapt to changes in the energy system.  When the lake in Castle Park Colchester froze over recently all the ducks headed off to the river; when snow hit Castle Park, all the squirrels vanished to their nests; even the children adapted to changing weather conditions in Castle Park by indulging in snowman building and sledging.

Fighting against energy systems costs energy

To fight against an energy system costs energy.  A plant and animal follows the rule of least resistance where they follow a strategy that costs the least amount of energy.  All life will rapidly adapt with new strategies to changing situations in an energy system, for instance some birds will turn cannibal if food runs out.  Genetically all life will mutate their DNA rapidly to environmental changes, with viruses being the fastest adapters (thus a warning if bat species are exterminated, as the viruses from bats will jump to humans to survive, for example like Ebola and SARS.)

Summary

In summary nothing in nature seeks to control energy flow, but rather adapts and uses strategies to capture, use and conserve energy in an efficient manner.  All life follows the principle of least resistance following the strategy that uses the least amount of energy to achieve an outcome.  The purpose of all life is to live, grow and to create; all which requires energy.  All life carves out spaces with enough energy resources to sustain them, which they will defend aggressively and creatively.

The stupidity of humanity and its choice

Only humanity could be stupid enough to waste energy attempting to control energy flow in energy systems, thus undermining the whole energy system that humanity depends on to survive. I dream that humanity will wake up and learn from nature, for like in my dream the outcome will be that humanity risks falling out of bed into the abyss of no return.

Global weather turns hostile

2013 likely will be worse than 2012 for extremes of weather.

Two glowing eyes in the clouds promises a harsh global experience in 2013.

Two glowing eyes in the clouds promises a harsh global weather experience in 2013.

A few days ago I was bouncing around Colchester happy as a bee as the mild spring brought pleasant weather after the floods of rain during December.  The winter in Britain depresses me for its cold and darkness, so I have been liking the mild temperatures this winter, with few frosts, tons of rain and one day of snow.

The blossoms are on the trees; foraging bees were out gathering food; the birds singing their hearts out, creating their territories and finding a mate; the first flowers of spring, including snowdrops were blooming.  At the back of my mind I warned myself to be wary of my optimism, for the British weather is a temperamental animal, which can turn nasty in an instant.  Today temperatures dropped more than ten degrees Celsius on the previous day, something that has an impact of a sledgehammer on the human body, which dislikes sudden temperature changes.  The savage frosts were back and a warning of snow was being made all over the internet.  Damn!

The observant can over time spot trends, which includes weather.  The news of the first ten days of 2013 is grim.  The Middle East has been hammered by the worst storms in ten years, heavy rains and snow; a sense of disbelief that Jerusalem is at a standstill due to heavy snowfall.  In the northern provinces of China winter fell like a hungry beast trapping more than a thousand ships in sea ice, and plunging temperatures deep below freezing point.  In the USA, suffering the continuing drought, winter storms dumped tons of snow on suffering Americans.  New Zealand is in drought, their rivers at the lowest point in years.  Record killer heat waves in Australia and Tasmania resulted in vast wild fires that destroyed homes, took lives and wiped out large swathes of forest and innumerable numbers of wildlife.  Distressed whales that usually visit in summer appeared in winter in Canada, and are a cause of concern being trapped under ice with a diminishing gap in the ice providing them with air.

My prediction is that the weather in 2013 is going to give humanity a worse kicking than it did in 2012.

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Sustainability Action 10: I signed up to a sustainability seminar in Colchester.

Knowledge is power, for knowledge provides the keys to open doors to success.  My progress to be a sustainable individual is hampered by the limits on my knowledge; it is through education that I can increase my knowledge, thus to be a better sustainable individual.  I today signed up to a one day seminar on sustainability at Essex University in Colchester for next week.

I shall learn about how to involve other people in a cooperative atmosphere to design and follow a sustainable process that benefits society, business and the environment.  Currently the world follows unsustainable processes that will lead to human extinction; those processes need to be changed, and it requires all individuals to make those changes together if humanity is to survive.